The Merchant of Venice (Broadway) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
November 7, 2010
Closing:
January 9, 2011

Theater: Broadhurst Theatre / 235 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Al Pacino reprises his celebrated role as Shylock in the transfer of this summer's Public Theater production. Antonio, a young man, pledges a pound of his own flesh to a moneylender, Shylock, so a friend can woo his lady-love in style. Antonio learns a hard lesson in loyalty, humanity, friendship and prejudice when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect and he is unable to pay.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    Railing at a Money-Mad World

    Ben Brantley

    July 1, 2010: At the end of the first of half of Daniel Sullivan’s marvelous new production of “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Shylock the moneylender can be found loudly lamenting his recent losses. These include a) a small fortune in cash and jewels, and b) his daughter, who has eloped with said valuables. As usual, Shylock, molten with sorrow and anger, cannot figure out which matters more.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    Love and Dirty, Sexy Ducats

    Ben Brantley

    November 13, 2010: They belong to worlds that, in the normal course of events, would never intersect. But Shakespeare, as the creator of their universe, saw fit to let their paths cross just once. And when Portia finally meets Shylock, in Daniel Sullivan’s absolutely splendid production of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Broadhurst Theater, the collision lights up the sky.

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    Sold on 'Merchant'

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    July 1, 2010: In a rare stage appear ance -- his first at the Delacorte Theater -- Al Pacino is affectingly understated (for Al Pacino). On the whole, the Shakespeare in the Park production that just opened is zippy and entertaining -- downright frothy, at times.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    The Merchant of Venice

    Sam Thielman

    July 1, 2010: If it sounds snide to say that helmer Daniel Sullivan's "Merchant of Venice" is brilliant except that the director misunderstands Shylock, it shouldn't. How often does the famous villain appear, anyway? He has some of the biggest moments in the play -- bigger in this production because he's being played by Al Pacino -- but Shakespeare's script is about lovers. Sullivan's production rightly focuses on the tentative love triangle between Bassanio (our layabout hero), his doting friend Antonio, and the object of his affections, Portia. Sullivan handles these relationships with such admirable subtlety that the play shines.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    Merchant of Venice

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    July 1, 2010: A hearty and approving Whoo-ah! to Al Pacino, Lily Rabe and Daniel Sullivan - stars and director of Shakespeare in the Park's new version of "The Merchant of Venice."

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF The Merchant of Venice (Broadway)

    The Merchant of Venice

    Erik Haagensen

    July 2, 2010: First things first: I've never been much able to stomach "The Merchant of Venice," not when I first read it in high school nor when I first saw it (in 1973 on TV, starring the husband-and-wife team of Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright). I'm always too aware of William Shakespeare enthusiastically pandering to the anti-Semitism of his day in this "comedy" while absolving himself with the "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Nevertheless, there's some vintage language and two intriguing characters: Shylock and Portia. Director Daniel Sullivan is fortunate to have terrific performances in those roles from Al Pacino and Lily Rabe. So if you can stand the play's ick factor or are unfamiliar with the work, a trip to the Delacorte is probably in order.

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